Union minister Anupriya Patel on Saturday hit out at the BSP chief and her supporters over their “outrageous” reaction to Dayashankar Singh’s derogatory comment, which she accepted was “admittedly reprehensible”.
“There is no denying that the words used by Dayashankar Singh were admittedly reprehensible. The BJP accepted that and he has been removed from the post of state vice-president and expelled from the party for a period of six years,” she said.
“However, the way the BSP supremo and her supporters have been reacting is even more outrageous,” the Apna Dal MP said.
The minister of state for health and family welfare said Singh’s words undermined women’s dignity and drew flak from his own party.
“But it is appalling that Mayawati is approving of the vicious campaign by her party supporters who are publicly abusing the expelled BJP leader’s female family members in the most abominable fashion,” Patel said. “Mayawati seems hell-bent upon reducing the matter to a mere caste issue and allowing the gratuitous insults that are being heaped upon the wife and the daughter of the now expelled BJP leader.”
Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu too lashed out at the BSP and asked Mayawati to advise her supported to not indulge in such activities.
“Abusing and traumatising the wife and minor daughter of Sri Dayashankar Singh is condemnable,” he said in a tweet. “BSP leadership should advise its leaders not to indulge in such activities.”
An FIR was filed on Friday against Mayawati and some of her party leaders on a complaint of Dayashankar Singh’s mother Tetra Devi.
She has alleged that Mayawati used “abusive language” against women of her family and BSP leaders raised “derogatory” slogans at a protest in Lucknow on Thursday during which Singh’s 12-year-old daughter was also dragged into the row.
The BSP has rejected the allegations and termed it an attempt to cover the “crime” of expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh.